Encouragement Pages-03/09/2020

Even the hardest work is done one word at a time.

Even work you delay is written one word at a time.

In finding the bravery to keep going to complete your work, understand the doubts will come. They will try and root. They will whisper to you. They will discourage you. But have courage, fellow oracle. Have courage!

Continue the work. Finish the work–one word at a time.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-03/06/2020

Writing isn’t easy.

I mean, why should it be?

You are creating worlds, people and scenarios! Why would the process of creation be easy? Why would that process be easy? For some, it is easy! But sometimes that journey back to creativity and creation of the worlds in your head take detours. There are road blocks. There are apprehensions! But as a writer, they may always come–like the tides.

The thing you will learn is how to push back with the waves come to overtake. The thing that pushes the waves back the quickest–a pen.

Pick it up.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages/03/02/2020

What’s stopping you?

What are the things that are scaring you from picking up the pen again? Opening the draft-drawer again? From believing you can do the thing you haven’t done in so long?

Do you think that gift, that talent is gone?

It isn’t.

I promise you it isn’t! But you are going to have to work those atrophied artistic muscles, beloved. And that may be the scariest part. Scary? Yes. Impossible? No.

Writers don’t do well with impossible things…that’s why we write.

Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/19/2020

Continue.

In spite of support, opposition or doubt–continue.

It is a powerful word, continue. For a writer, it means you have or should be endowed with enough strength to complete that which you have started. Regardless of how long it takes. Regardless of who thinks you can’t. As a writer, continue is your superpower.

No matter how long is has been to start, no matter how long it may take to finish. Activate your continue. That, dear one, is at the core of all writers.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/17/2020

Embrace that which is uncomfortable. Sometimes to get at what it is you want from a work, you have to wrestle with it. You have to be both writer and reader!

Answer the questions that need to be answered. Veil the things you want your readers to sit with. But wrestle, my dear ones. Be prepared to wrestle. The writing will be fun, the ride will be wild. Just beware of the curves.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/12/2020

Writing doesn’t always follow a primrose path. Sometimes the path is dark, and scary and impossible-feeling.

But what I want to remind you of this something you may not think about: you control the path.

Yes, you.

The story cannot have life breathed into it unless it has a willing vessel, a place to grow before pushed into the world. You determine how fast, and how hard you will push the story.

You control the start and the finish–and everything in between.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-02/03/2020

Fall in love again.

Let today be the final day, the last day, you wonder if you are good enough to do this precarious, dangerous, enchanting work we call writing.

I want you to embrace the changes, the lulls, the of it all.

I want you to begin to enjoy the ride–and if needed? Get a seat belt.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/29/2020

Self-rejection is a slow poison.

It is a poison whose apothecary is familiar. Whom is familiar with their victims as well as their enemies.

But what happens when they are one and the same?

Every time you reject a story, a portion of your imagination vanishes. Every time you scrap a story because you’re scared to write it, more of you vanishes.

Rage against the dying of the light.

Poison is for those dying or marked for death.

Writing is a source of life.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-01/24/2020

Be gentle with yourself today.

The work in progress is called this for a reason. The progress in this work can be incremental—but do it. No matter how small or insignificant.

Do the work.

Happy, loud or sad, but do it.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris